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Denver physician patents minimally invasive technology for hair transplantation surgery

DENVER- September 2004 James A. Harris, M.D., of the Hair Sciences Center of Colorado has invented and patented a new minimally invasive technology which will revolutionize the field of hair transplantation surgery. The new system utilizes an instrument called the Harris SAFE Scribe -- a small, self-contained device -- to isolate, extract and transplant single follicular units of hair without the trauma associated with other types of hair transplantation surgery.

According to Dr. Harris, a head and neck/facial plastic surgeon whose practice is limited solely to medical and surgical hair restoration, this breakthrough technology will benefit both transplant surgeons and patients.The Harris SAFE (Surgically Advanced Follicular Extraction) System will dramatically improve the field of hair restoration, making the surgery more accessible, more efficient and more affordable for the millions of men and women who are candidates for hair transplantation surgery. A less invasive surgical option, the Harris SAFE System also minimizes the pain, healing time and scarring associated with hair transplantation while leaving patients with the most natural results possible.

According to Dr. Harris, most hair transplant surgeons perform an invasive surgical procedure that requires the surgeon to surgically remove strips of scalp from the sides or back of the head, resulting in a linear scar and a lengthy healing time. A newer, less invasive technique called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) uses a small instrument to remove single follicular units of hair. Although much less invasive than traditional donor harvesting, FUE can be time consuming, potentially damaging to hair follicles, expensive and is only appropriate for a small percentage of patients.

"With traditional FUE, I found that only about 30 to 40 percent of patients were candidates," explained Dr. Harris. "While the procedure was not effective for most patients, especially African-America
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Contact: Tammy Funk
tammy@morethanpr.com
303-320-7790
Hair Sciences Center
6-Oct-2004


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